[Harvard Business] 40 Under 40: Quentin Phipps

Quentin Phipps

Congratulations to Quentin Phipps, a coworker at the Stamford Innovation Center, for being honored as a member of the 2015 “40 Under 40” class of the Hartford Business Journal.

Age: 31
Title: Community Relations Manager/City Treasurer
Company: Charter Schools for Excellence
Locations: Hartford/Middletown/Stamford
Hometown: Middletown
Quentin “Q” Phipps is a lifelong resident of Middletown. Phipps serves Charter Schools for Excellence in their inaugural year in Connecticut as its community relations manager. In this role, Phipps works at the State Capitol as a lobbyist, recruits students for the new Connecticut school, and empowers CSE families through advocacy and partnering.
Previously, Phipps was executive director of the Middletown Downtown Business District, where he secured Middletown as a Come Home to Downtown pilot community.
Phipps serves on the boards of directors for Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater, Middlesex United Way, and Middlesex Substance Abuse Action Council, and is an active member in Cross Street Zion A.M.E.Church, Middletown Young Democrats, The Community Foundation of Middlesex County Live Local Give Local 365 Fund, and the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Alliance.
In 2007, Phipps was elected to the Middletown Planning & Zoning commission and served until he was elected as city treasurer in 2011.
Phipps attended Bryant University and he is a student at Central Connecticut State University in its inaugural MBA program.
If there is one person whose life and career you want to imitate, who would it be? Queen E. Williams is my lifelong inspiration. She has always humbly served her family as an amazing sister, aunt and mother. If she’s not off traveling to an exotic locale, you can find her serving the church as a missionary and event planner.
She retired from the state of Connecticut where she served some of our state’s most vulnerable as they battled various mental illnesses. She was known for treating clients with the utmost dignity, which is an extension of her core belief that everyone deserves respect. Too many believe that respect is earned, but Ms. Queen illustrates respect should be given.
She has always exhibited service leadership. Even while working 16-hour days, her service was with a smile and from a place of love. This reminds me of the honor I have had to benefit from her tireless, selfless hard work. Most others call her “Bea” or “Ms. Queen,” I have the honor to (still) call her “Mommy.”
The most important journey I have ever taken is….. My spiritual journey has been the most important journey on which I have embarked. I associate my spiritual journey with a commitment to continual improvement, self-reflection, education, laughter and healing.
Life’s Journey:
During my off time, I am most passionate about…. Geek culture
Favorite foreign food? Jerk pork
What is the most exciting destination you’ve ever traveled to? Acapulco, Mexico
Where is the one place you want to travel in your lifetime? Greece
Favorite Connecticut destinations: Krust

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